March 10, 2016
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
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Hi! Thanks so much for having me on Chapter by Chapter today to talk about my latest release, UNHOOKED. I’m so excited that this book is finally out in the world, and so happy that readers seem to be loving it!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Dark and twisty Peter Pan retelling, where nothing is as it seems. Also, sexy pirates.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I’d read a historical romance with a river pirate and I think the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie had just come out, and I wanted to write a sexy pirate boy. But I didn’t want to write a straight-up high seas historical, so I came to the idea of writing a retelling.
Tell us about the main character(s).
My book is about Gwendolyn Allister, a 17 year old who has moved more times than anyone should because of her mother’s delusional fears that monsters are chasing them. Their latest move is to London, where she learns that maybe her mother wasn’t wrong about the danger. She and her friend, Olivia, get taken to a twisted version of a place called Neverland, where she meets a roguish pirate and his crew, and a boy who calls himself Pan and his lads.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
“Since being brought to this world, I’ve come to understand that everything I’ve ever learned about good and evil, about the choices we make and the choices we must live with, have been nothing more than convenient fictions invented by those who have never been confronted by the darkness and actually forced to choose.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
The hardest part about the book was getting Gwen right. I had a really hard time figuring out what made her tick other than her loyalty. It took a lot of digging to get her right—her agency and her tenacity.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
Right now I’m working on my 2017 book, historical urban fantasy that I’ve pitched as Gangs of NY with Magic. (Or Newsies without the singing :D )
Hopefully that will be out in early 2017
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks so much!! It’s been fun :O)